All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
Last September, my husband, Danny, and I decide to move our bird feeder from the front yard to the back. You can read all the reasons why here. This set up seems more attractive to the birds and, of course, the squirrels who feast on the seed which the birds continually scatter on the ground.
But, there is a problem. One we never would have imagined could happen.
And extremely bright and agile squirrel, whom I dub "Super Squirrel," figures out that he can leap from the trunk of the supporting tree to the feeder. As ours is a "squirrel-buster," we don't think the little rascal can actually score the food.
Then, one morning, an astonished Danny hustles in from the deck. "Martha! You've got to see this! You won't believe it!"
I hurry outside. Danny points to the feeder.
"Look at him! He's hanging upside down and gobbling the seed!"
At first, I can't believe what I'm seeing. This stunt is absolutely over the top! This cunning, crafty critter has figured out how to bust the squirrel-buster! Genius! I think even Grey would be impressed!
But, if we don't do something to move the feeder farther from that tree, Super Squirrel will continue to hog the birdseed and scare the birds away. Being the engineer that he is, Danny begins formulating a plan. I can see those wheels turning . . .
So, last Father's Day, Danny and son, Giovanni, acquire the necessary tools and equipment to get the job done. I watch with interest, eager to see what they come up with.
The good news? No more Super Squirrel leaping upon the feeder! The plastic-coated metal lines make excellent perches for the birds before they fly and flutter to claim their food. And, we are now seeing more birds that ever before!
And, the squirrels? Oh, you all know the soft spot I have in my heart for them! I make sure there is always that extra, fresh seed on the ground for them, too. After all, don't they deserve to be satisfied with good things, too?
Are you are a birdwatcher? What is the most amazing bird you have ever seen?
Will you pray with me?
All Your creatures, Father, look to You to give them the food they need to survive and to thrive. You satisfy them with good things. May we, Your children, have faith and trust that You will always provide for us, knowing Your gracious hand is opened to us. Amen.